Despite a number of WWE personnel contracting COVID-19 and Florida seeing a spike in new coronavirus cases, Vince McMahon is determined to start running shows away from the Performace Center in front of live crowds again. It’s now been learned that WWE has booked the RP Funding Center in Lakeland, Florida, an hour away from the Performance Center and are planning to tape the July 24th episode of SmackDown and the July 27th episode of Raw there. If events outside WWE’s control mean they can’t run in July, then WWE will run there in August.
Vince McMahon’s company has a long history with the venue previously known as the Lakeland Civic Center, and the Lakeland Center having run mostly house shows there dating back to 1988, with an NXT house show in February 2019 being their previous show there.
The arena holds 8,178 fans, although significantly fewer fans will be in attendance due to social distancing rules with the venue requiring those in the crowd to remain 6ft apart.